• April 18, 2014

Transitions: People in Academe

U. of Nebraska Taps New Chancellor for Its Medical Center; Michael Kammen, Historian, Dies at 77 1

California Lutheran U.

Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist

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California Lutheran U.

Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist


Jeffrey P. Gold, chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs of the University of Toledo, will become chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center in February. He will succeed Harold M. Maurer, who has been chancellor since 1998 and expects to continue raising funds for a new cancer center as chancellor emeritus.

The Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist, a former director at the Lutheran World Federation, will become dean and chief administrative officer of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary next month. She will replace the Rev. Phyllis B. Anderson, who is retiring as the seminary's president. The seminary will become part of California Lutheran University on January 1.

n Michael E. Latham, dean of Fordham University's Fordham College at Rose Hill, will become Grinnell College's dean and vice president for academic affairs in July. The post is being filled by an interim dean, David Lopatto.

n Scott L. Wyatt, president of Snow College, will be the new president of Southern Utah University. Southern Utah's president until last spring, Michael T. Benson, had also led Snow College. Mr. Benson is now president of Eastern Kentucky University, and Richard E. Kendell is serving as Southern Utah's interim president.


Mary Schmidt Campbell, who has been dean of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts since 1991, will retire from that job at the end of next August. She will become dean emerita and continue as a professor of art and public policy after a year's sabbatical.

Charles W. Sorensen, who has been chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stout since 1988, will retire next August.


Michael Kammen, a professor emeritus of history and culture at Cornell University who won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1973, died on November 29. He was 77. He taught at Cornell from 1965 until he retired, in 2008, but returned this fall to teach. He wrote more than three dozen books on diverse subjects in history, including the Pulitzer-winning People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization.

Jun-ichi Igusa, a researcher in number theory and algebraic geometry, died of a stroke on November 24. He was 89. A professor of mathematics at the Johns Hopkins University for nearly 40 years, he was founding director of the Japan-U.S. Mathematics Institute there. Among the mathematical concepts he developed were the Igusa local zeta functions, Igusa curves, and Igusa cusp forms.

Noreen M. Clark, a professor of public health at the University of Michigan and a former dean of its School of Public Health, died November 23 after a brief illness. She was 70. She also directed the university's Center for Managing Chronic Disease and was an expert in preventing and managing such illnesses.

Michael J. Economides, an energy expert who taught chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, died on November 30 during a flight to South America. He was 64. After 15 years on Houston's faculty, he became an adjunct professor there to devote more time to advising companies globally and to writing and research.

Kirk Mangus, head of the ceramics program at the Kent State University School of Art, died on November 24 of a brain aneurysm. He was 60. Mr. Mangus, whose ceramics and drawings have been widely exhibited, had led the ceramics program since 1985.

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